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Honey BBQ tempeh salad

Writing up the salad part of this recipe feels a little frivolous somehow, with my own voice taunting, like you need a recipe?! Because this is truly such a “whatever’s left in the fridge” sort of salad that happens to be great topped with yummy tempeh cooked in a simple barbeque sauce. The latter being what this post is really for: “sauce” which feels more like seasoning. A few ingredients pull...

Baked (Captain America) cauliflower and corn fritt...

Fritters, patties, or maybe even burgers…I’m not sure what’s the most fitting description for this recipe. One thing I am sure of, whatever term I use, it’s going to be preceded with “Captain America’s”. Little Sous Chef has been giving me secret giggles with the quirkiness of some of his ideas and preferences lately. One, he loves Captain America right now–Captain America being...

Easy gluten-free (or not) apple cinnamon waffles

These waffles. They could nudge me to eating fully gluten-free (although they are just as persuasive made with whole wheat flour). They are fluffy and light yet hearty, with that just-crisp on the outside texture craved in a waffle.  Unsweetened applesauce cuts out the need for any oil (unless you want to add some, they’ll be a tad bit denser); just be on the ready to give your iron a coat of cooking spray in between...

Roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad with tahini d...

How long do we get to say phrases like  “40 is the new 30” before the “new” expires? Personally, I hope never. Or that, in this particular case, we just keep pushing up the digits…50, 60, 90. It doesn’t feel like that long ago I was staring at a “whole quarter of a century” as if it was so old, but it was. In any case, the real reason I’m even wondering is that in a...

Healthy vegan shamrock shake

I’m not apologizing, but this post feels as much sham as shamrock. Not trying to be witty with the play on words, either…only the connection couldn’t be ignored. What I mean is, I have let this blog sit post-less for too long, and this is only a check-in that barely exceeds a text. On the flip side, I love this version of a shamrock shake, and who doesn’t love texting, or at least love the option of...

Lemon blueberry corn flour muffins (GF, vegan)

I’m a tad bit chagrined to be sharing yet another “bald cupcake” (two posts back-to-back)…but not really. Any reluctance is only down to self-consciousness about fortifying the appearance of being a girl who consistently craves cake. Only this bald cupcake, aka muffin, is so lovely and fragrant, lightly lemony and just right in its balance of good crumb, while also being gluten-free, vegan, naturally...

Chocolate quinoa muffin-cupcakes (gluten-free, dai...

Comedian Jim Gaffigan pretty much nailed it when he described a muffin as a “bald cupcake”. (Don’t you just love that guy? Especially the voices?) Mostly nailed it. When it comes to muffins, packaged ones especially, it should be a hard sell to categorize as breakfast, except for the excuse to eat cake. But, there are always outliers. Sometimes the muffin-cupcake connection is sumptuously initiated the...

“Hot kale!”: Easy baked kale and tofu ...

These deceptively simple little baked egg rolls are almost vegan. Not quite. They easily could be, with the right wrapper. So could they be gluten-free. So far I’m hard pressed to find  egg roll or won ton wrappers that are both gluten-free and vegan, or a recipe straightforward and appealing enough to bother with, but in truth I haven’t looked into it much. Yet. Right now, we’re enjoying these baked egg...

Caramel krispy treats (gluten-free, vegan, date-sw...

I am continually both marveling at and startled by how powerfully intertwined food, like music, can be. So many memories layered in so many meals, dishes, and bites– whether tasted, encountered or merely observed. The way the scents of apples and pumpkin transport us back to long past autumns, every year. The punch of hot and sour soup, or a bountiful glory of assorted, intricately wrapped dim sum immediately fills my...

Another healthy black bean brownie (naturally swee...

One thing this blog does not need, one more post about a healthified brownie. Let alone one that seems a bit of a repeat. Hemp, quinoa, sweet potato, black bean…I’ve posted experiments featuring all these in what appears like the same package. Truly, I could use the same pictures  in each post and I wouldn’t personally notice anything amiss. But this healthy blender brownie is worth it, and not just because...

Easy, healthy baba ganoush with chive & onion...

To prepare this easy flatbread, you could carefully roll balls of dough into thin, circular shapes, as noted in the basic instructions. Or you could  press golf-ball sized dough balls into uneven oblong, circular, and blob shapes with your hands, followed by employing rolling pins that came out of a play dough set. Either way works just fine. I can honestly swear so, because this week these two easy recipes came...

Vegan apple pear and fig pie with a spelt crust

If ever there’s a pie worthy of breakfast, this is it. Or, one of them. Considering that over the years at least four posts on this blog have referenced pie for breakfast, it’s clear I’m fairly lax with my criteria. Pie is after all a pastry, and it goes really well with coffee. Unlike some of it’s flaky counterparts however, whether sweet or savory it can be healthy and delicious with very little...